Healing and the Will of God

There is a great deal of confusion within the lives of many churches today concerning the issue of God’s willingness to heal.

Nearly all Believers do not doubt God’s ability to heal the sick. They are convinced that He certainly has the power to do anything. Yet many of these same Christians are not sure when, or if it is God’s will to heal. So the issue we are dealing with is an uncertainty concerning God’s willingness to heal, not His ability to heal.

Many will say that, “God can heal; it’s just that He often chooses not to do so because of reasons often beyond our understanding.” While I know this may be a common answer that people have come to accept, the fact of the matter is that it simply is not biblical.

Before we go any further, I want to make a statement that is essential to our understanding of this subject. Faith begins, where the will of God is known. In other words, it is simply impossible to believe God for something that we are not fully convinced that He wants us to have.

Christians in this age are for the most part are very secure in their confidence of God’s willingness to save them, and anyone else who will call upon the name of the Lord. The reason for this confidence is due to the fact that we have heard this proclaimed for centuries, and so we are fully convinced of God’s will in this matter. Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith comes by hearing God’s word.” Another word for faith is confidence, or assurance. We have confidence, or assurance that it is God’s will to save all who will call upon Him in faith, because we have heard the word of God over and over concerning this. I hardly know a Christian in the United   States who cannot quote John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son. So that whosoever believes in Him would not perish, but have ever lasting life.” This Scripture is a foundational biblical statement of God’s great love, and willingness to save lost sinners.

Notice what the following passages states concerning the correlation between what we hear, and salvation. Romans 10:13-17 (NLT) For “Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” {14} But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? {17} Yet faith comes from listening to this message of good news–the Good News about Christ. 

People cannot call on Jesus to save them if they never hear the good news that God sent Christ into the world to save sinners can they? If someone does not proclaim the gospel to the lost, they will perish in their sins, because they cannot believe what they have never heard. 

Now let me ask you a question. What do you think would be the condition of the body of Christ if we preached salvation the way most preachers teach healing? Could you ever imagine telling the lost, or the Believer for that matter, that “their sin is God’s cross that they must carry?” Think of how absurd it would be to proclaim to the lost that “God chooses to save some, and chooses not to save others; we just never can tell when because it is entirely up to the sovereign will of God.” Why don’t we ever hear preachers say, “This sin in your life is for God’s glory.” I’ll tell you why we don’t. It would be absurd, because we know what the word of God clearly teaches concerning repentance, forgiveness of sins, and the finished work of Christ.

Unfortunately, when it comes to the matter of divine healing, far too many preachers have been religiously brainwashed instead of biblically taught concerning this issue. They interpret a small number of Scriptures from a predetermined mind set, and therefore they nearly always come up with the same pat answers.

Hosea 4:6 (NKJV) My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.  

God was actually speaking to the priests in this passage, and their failure to teach God’s people the covenant. Nothing has really changed. God’s people are still being destroyed for a lack of knowledge. Especially a lack of knowledge concerning God’s willingness to heal the sick.

One of the main reasons that we are not seeing a greater manifestation of the healing power of God in the body of Christ, is because so few preachers are proclaiming this truth to their congregations in such a way that it causes their faith to be activated to believe God for their healing.

(1 John 5:14-15 NKJV) Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.  

You will notice that this passage tells us that if we ask God for something that agrees with His will that He hears us. Therefore, if we ask God for something that is not His will, we cannot even be assured that He even hears us.

Again verse 15 tells us that if we know that He hears us, we have confidence. We could say that we have faith, trust, or assurance. Therefore we have confidence that what we ask for He will grant. So again, if we ask for something that is not the will of God we cannot have any confidence that God even hears our prayer, or that He will grant our petition.

Can you readily see why the faith destroying prayer “If it be thy will,” when it come to praying for the sick is so unscriptural? There is not one shred of confidence in praying this way when we are seeking God to heal.

Faith begins where the will of God is known. If we are not confident that God desires the sick to be healed, we cannot pray with any confidence believing for healing. Since the majority of Christians have absolutely no confidence concerning God’s willingness to heal, is it any wonder that they cannot pray with any assurance that God will actually heal the sick. Until this faulty thinking is removed, we cannot exercise biblical faith.

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